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Nantes vs Reims prediction, preview, team news and more | Ligue 1 2020-21

Can Reims striker Boulaye Dia rediscover his goalscoring form against Nantes this week?
Can Reims striker Boulaye Dia rediscover his goalscoring form against Nantes this week?
Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 02 Mar 2021
Preview

Nantes come up against Reims at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Ligue 1 action on Wednesday.

Strugglers Nantes are currently stuck in 19th place, but could climb the table with a win against 13th-placed Reims.

Nantes will be hoping to grab a lifeline with a victory, but Reims will aim to pick up their first win since January.


Nantes vs Reims Head-to-Head

Despite their lowly position in the table, Nantes are unbeaten in their last three games.

Nantes followed a draw with Marseille with another draw against Nimes this weekend. They are now one win away from escaping the drop zone.

However, it’s notable that their win over Angers on 14 February was their first since 8 November. Only bottom club Dijon have won fewer games than them.

Meanwhile, Reims have lost just one of their last seven league games. However, they haven’t been winning either, picking up four draws in their past five matches.

The goals seem to have dried up entirely for Reims, who scored just twice in the month of February. In fact, top scorer Boulaye Dia has not found the net in the league since 9 January.

However, a win here could pull them as high as 11th in the table, and give them an outside bet of European qualification.

The last game between these two sides was a thriller. Reims won a frantic game 3-2 on 16 December.

Nantes form guide: L-L-W-D-D

Reims form guide: L-L-D-D-D

Nantes vs Reims Team News

Nantes

Nantes have three injury concerns for this match. Sebastien Corchia, Fabio and Kalifa Coulibaly are all major doubts.

Injured: None

Doubtful: Sebastien Corchia, Fabio, Kalifa Coulibaly

Suspended: None

Reims

Incredibly, as of the time of writing, Reims have no players unavailable for this game.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Nantes vs Reims Predicted XI

Nantes predicted XI (4-4-2): Alban Lafont, Dennis Appiah, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Nicolas Pallois, Charles Traore, Imran Louza, Andrei Girotto, Abdoulaye Toure, Moses Simon, Ludovic Blas, Randal Kolo Muani

Reims predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Predrag Rajkovic, Thomas Foket, Wout Faes, Yunis Abdelhamid, Ghislain Konan, Moreto Cassama, Mathieu Cafaro, Nathanael Mbuku, Xavier Chavalerin, Moussa Doumbia, Boulaye Dia


Nantes vs Reims Prediction

This is a tricky one to call, primarily because of how toothless Reims have been in front of goal in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Nantes have shown a slight upturn in form, but it may not be enough for them to overcome a Reims side with a very solid defense.

If Reims’ forward line can find some form, then they can win this one, but a draw feels more likely.

Prediction: Nantes 1-1 Reims

Published 02 Mar 2021
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